2016 SUMMER STUDENT RESEARCH SERIES — Zack Hutchens

Zack will officially join our HPU physics department in August, but he is already getting a strong start on research this summer. He is working at a Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMUC) REU program under Dr. Robynne Lock on physics education research. Using data collected in introductory calculus-based physics courses at TAMUC, they are analyzing the impact of studio mode physics on students’ conceptual understanding and physics identities, in comparison to traditional lecture courses in physics. Zack is writing code in R to conduct statistical analyses (e.g. t-tests, confirmatory factor analysis) and doing qualitative analysis on student interviews. We can’t wait to hear more about this work when he starts classes with us next month!